Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose partner does Spunk seduce?

2. How do Joe's clothes fit him?

3. How can Joe be described?

4. What instrument does Spunk play?

5. How does Lena seem to feel about Joe?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the relationship between Joe and Lena.

2. Who is your favorite character in Chapter 1? Why?

3. At what point does Spunk become paranoid that Joe is haunting him? How does this relate to his occupation?

4. What offer from Spunk does Lena refuse in Chapter 1? Why do you think she does this?

5. Why do you think the court decided that Spunk acted out of self-defense?

6. Do you admire Spunk or despise him? Why?

7. Are there any surprise guests at Spunk's wake? Why is it a surprise?

8. How does Spunk's occupation seem to be appropriate for his character?

9. What role do Walter and Elijah play in this story?

10. In what way does this story address justice?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the climax of this story and the series of events leading up to the climax. How did characters respond to the climax? What did Hurston include in the story to insure that the climax would be as powerful and meaningful as possible?

Essay Topic 2

Do you think Spunk and Lena are in love? What about Joe and Lena? Support your opinions with specific examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Identify at least three instances of foreshadowing in Hurston's novel. Why would these instances be included? How would the story change if they had not been included?

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